According to the Government Accountability Office, poultry and meat processing is one of the most dangerous occupations for workers in Minnesota and other states across the nation. A GAO report released in January 2018 indicates that workers in the industry commonly face hazards such as cuts, amputations and repetitive motion injuries, as well as respiratory illnesses from an antimicrobial chemical that is sprayed on the meat during processing. Some workers also report that they often are not allowed access to bathroom facilities, which could lead to kidney and other health problems.
Construction workers in Minnesota and elsewhere may face safety hazards whenever they go to work. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has aligned itself with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) to focus on ways to make construction work safer for females. They will focus in tandem on ways to resolve issues related to workplace violence and sanitation on job sites.
Minnesota dock workers should be aware of the dock loading requirements established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Of particular importance is knowing when a loading dock requires a guardrail and the situations in which a visual barrier is appropriate.
Business owners in Minnesota, as elsewhere in the U.S., are probably aware of how OSHA regulates workplace safety. This is especially true in construction and other environments where workers are in danger of falling from high elevations.
Working outdoors in the winter, especially in Minnesota, is a potentially life-threatening task. Most injuries and illnesses that arise in the winter are the result of the interplay between three things: Air temperature, wind, and the moisture from snow, ice or perspiration. It is moisture that both employers and employees should watch out for.
If an employee slips or trips on a workplace floor, it could result in significant injuries. That may cost Minnesota employers and others a significant amount of money. Specifically, American employers lost $62 billion from injuries that caused workers to miss six or more days of work. However, the use of floor mats may make it safer for workers to walk or do their jobs in general without getting hurt.
Dust is a fact of life at construction sites in Minnesota, but breathable dust from crystalline silica presents a significant hazard to workers' health. New rules from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration place strong requirements upon employers to reduce exposure and educate workers about the dangers of breathing silica dust.
Minnesota electricians may be some of the estimated 2,000 individuals who annually suffer serious arc flash injuries, which occur when people work on energized electrical units without proper protective clothing. Of the injured individuals, it is estimated that 400 become burned so severely that they do not survive.
In some Minnesota workplace environments, the risk of injury or death lies around every corner. Many industrial facilities and large fulfillment warehouses are inherently busy and noisy places comprising numerous intersections, docks and blind spots. When forklift operators and runners on foot are also part of the mix, collisions involving employees, equipment or both may occur due to the compromised visibility and lack of reliable safety enhancements at the site.
Minnesota construction workers face many dangers. Among all of the other potential causes of serious injuries and fatalities, falls are the leading factor. Because of the dangers posed by falling accidents to construction workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has focused on strict enforcement of its fall prevention safety regulations.